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Mother of Woman Killed By Robotic Machine Sues Alabama Hyundai Supplier

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The mother of an Alabama woman crushed to death by a robotic machine in June has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Cusseta, Ala. automotive supplier where she worked and a staffing agency. Regina Allen Elsea, 20, of Five Points, Ala., was employed at the Ajin USA manufacturing facility, which makes parts for Hyundai and Kia. On June 8, Ms. Elsea and three coworkers were sent to reactivate a robotics machine that had become jammed. The machine abruptly restarted during the cleaning process with Ms. Elsea inside the operation zone. Ms. Elsea was taken to East Alabama Medical Center and ... Read More

Hyundai Supplier, Staffing Agencies Fined $2.5M After Alabama Woman’s Crushing Death

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A Korean auto supplier in Cusseta, Ala., and two Opelika staffing agencies face fines of more than $2.5 million for safety violations that contributed to the death of a 20-year-old east Alabama woman two weeks before her wedding. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) hit Ajin USA, Alliance Total Solutions, and Joynus Staffing Corp. with a total of 27 citations for safety violations found during an inspection of the Ajin plant in Cusseta.  Ajin is a global auto parts supplier with plants in South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the U.S. It manufactures parts for Hyundai and Kia and employs ... Read More

El Faro Communications reveal Panicked Crew As Captain Maintained Path Toward Hurricane

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Panicked crewmembers on the doomed El Faro cargo ship urged Captain Michael Davidson to change course to avoid a powerful hurricane, but transcripts of shipboard audio released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Dec. 13 reveal the captain twice ignored their warnings and took the ship on a collision course with the storm. Part of the transcripts depicts frenzied chaos and despair as some of the 33 crew members realize their fate on the morning of Oct. 1, 2015. An exchange between the captain and one crew member attempting to reach the bridge in the ship’s final moments ends ... Read More

School Bus Driver In Deadly Baltimore Crash Had History of Crashes, Seizures

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The driver of a Baltimore school bus that collided head-on with a city transit bus, killing six people and injuring 11 others, had a record of previous crashes, had been suffering from seizures, lacked a valid driver’s license, and was speeding, federal crash investigators said. Driver Glen Chappell, who was among those killed in the crash, did not file his medical certificate allowing him to drive a school bus with the Maryland Vehicle Administration, which means he was operating the school bus illegally on Nov. 1, the day of the crash. Mr. Chappell was employed by AA Affordable Transportation, which ... Read More

Unreported Finger Amputation Leads to $75K in Fines For Penn. Window Manufacturer

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A safety complaint filed against a Pennsylvania window manufacturer alleging the company failed to report the accidental amputation of a worker’s finger led to a federal safety inspection and nearly $75,000 in fines. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it received a complaint about an amputation injury that happened in January 2016 at the Crystal Window and Door Systems plant in Dalton, Penn., but went unreported. A new rule adopted by OSHA requiring employers to report amputations and any other workplace injuries that result in hospitalization went into effect in January 2015. The agency also said it responded ... Read More

Burning Death of Pipefitter Leads to Safety Fines For Refinery, Welding Contractor

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Federal safety regulators said critical safety violations led to the gruesome death of a 38-year-old pipefitter in South Dakota who suffered fatal burn injuries after ethanol spilled from a process pipe he was working on and became ignited by flames from nearby welding operations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it cited two companies for safety violations following the worker’s death after an investigation turned up multiple violations. Bilfinger-Westcon, the worker’s employer and project construction contractor, faces $62,355 in penalties for five serious violations. Refinery owner and operator Sioux River Ethanol LLC, operating as Poet Biorefining-Hudson, faces $37,413 ... Read More

Ohio Truck Trailer Liner Factory Penalized For Amputation Risks

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For at least two years, an Ohio manufacturer of thermoplastic lining systems for truck bodies and trailers exposed workers to the risk of amputation and other serious injuries by disabling safety devices to speed production. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it inspected the Pataskala, Ohio-based Ridge Corporation’s Frazeyburg, Ohio, manufacturing facility in October. During the inspection, OSHA officials found that Ridge sacrificed worker safety for faster production by disabling the light curtain safety mechanisms that stop machinery and prevent workers’ hands from coming in contact with the machine’s moving parts. “OSHA’s investigation found the company’s leadership ... Read More

American Airlines Flight Aborts Takeoff After Fiery Engine Failure

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An American Airlines airplane bound for Miami skidded to a halt on the runway at Chicago O’Hare Airport Friday afternoon after an “uncontained engine failure” sent pieces of the engine flying and caused part of the plane to burst into flames. Twenty people were taken to the hospital with injuries, most of them minor and caused during an emergency evacuation of the plane. The airplane was carrying 161 passengers and nine crewmembers. AA Flight 383 had just started taking off about 2:23 p.m. when the pilot radioed air traffic controllers to say he was “stopping on the runway.” Air traffic ... Read More

California Man Suffers Fatal Head Injury at Sacramento Goodwill

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An employee of a Sacramento, Calif., Goodwill store died from a massive head injury he suffered Friday, Sept. 30, prompting the store’s closure, an accident investigation, and safety inspections. The worker, identified by Sacramento authorities as 26-year-old Abraham Garza, was working as a “spotter” inside the store, making sure bins were properly aligned with a trash compactor. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA) said it received a report about 2 p.m. Friday that an employee had been seriously injured at a Goodwill store in south Sacramento. The agency dispatched two investigators to the store and learned that ... Read More

Wrongful Death Suit Blames Airplane Crash on Defective Air Pressurization System

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The son of a couple who died when their private airplane crashed into the Caribbean Sea between Cuba and Jamaica has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the airplane’s manufacturer and several affiliated companies, alleging a defective cabin pressurization system caused the crash. Kenneth Glazer, the youngest son of Larry and Jane Glazer, both of whom were 68, filed the lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court Aug. 30. He seeks damages for all beneficiaries of his parents’ estate, including their two other children. On Sept. 5, 2014, the day of the crash, the Glazers departed from Rochester International Airport ... Read More